The West Owes a Debt to Islam

The West Owes a Debt to Islam

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 609 , Segment 2

Episode: Ag-Gag Laws, Our Debt to Islam, Healthcare History

  • Aug 3, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 15:51 mins

Guest: Glen Cooper, PhD, Adjunct Professor of History, Pitzer College During the European Dark Ages, when science, art and literature seemed to flounder for several centuries, there actually was a lot of discover and insight going on – but it was in the Islamic World: places like Iraq, Persia and Syria. The science of medicine, mathematics and astronomy flourished among Islamic scholars and would help catalyze the European Renaissance. But those contributions have been largely forgotten today. Why? And what’s lost when we ignore the debt we owe to Islam?

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Where Did Our Healthcare System Come from Anyway?

19 MINS

Guest: Christy Ford Chapin, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are a shambles, so some in Congress are now searching for a more limited plan to stabilize the individual insurance market, where premiums have risen steeply. Even though the fight over Obamacare is often called a fight over “health care reform,” it’s really more about insurance reform, dictating who should get coverage and what the coverage should look like. But how did health insurance companies end up being the gatekeepers to our medical care in the first place? About 100 years ago, health insurance companies didn’t even exist in America. The story of their rise to prominence helps explain why the battle over health care reform is so intense today.

Guest: Christy Ford Chapin, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are a shambles, so some in Congress are now searching for a more limited plan to stabilize the individual insurance market, where premiums have risen steeply. Even though the fight over Obamacare is often called a fight over “health care reform,” it’s really more about insurance reform, dictating who should get coverage and what the coverage should look like. But how did health insurance companies end up being the gatekeepers to our medical care in the first place? About 100 years ago, health insurance companies didn’t even exist in America. The story of their rise to prominence helps explain why the battle over health care reform is so intense today.